Alienware has launched a gaming laptop that switches on when you look at it.

Called the Alienware 17, it features the new “wake on gaze” feature, which uses eye-tracking technology made by Swedish tech company Tobii.

Alienware – a subsidiary of Dell – is the second company to add this technology to its laptops (the first being MSI). Earlier this week, Acer also announced new monitors with Tobii eye-tracking.

The Alienware 17 comes with the Overwolf gaming app, allowing gamers to replay gaze patterns recorded by the Tobii eye tracker. This lets them learn from their mistakes, so they can hone their gaming skills.

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Looking at the screen also turns the keyboard backlights off, saving battery life.

Step away from the laptop, and it'll lock automatically.

Alienware also launched 15- and 13-inch versions (called the Alienware 15 and Alienware 13, respectively). Both use Nvidia’s 10-series graphics cards.

All three versions are “VR ready”, and support both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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Frank Azor, general manager of Alienware and XPS, Dell, said in a statement: “Gaming is in a time of renaissance right now; awesome games and development, amazing resolutions and technology, plus the pure excitement around VR experiences – it’s an incredible driving force and it feels similar to the energy that started Alienware 20 years ago.

“These new notebooks are a product of that history and approach, but also of the demands and expectations of gamers today. Being true to both is what Alienware is about and we’re proud to bring these notebooks to gamers.”

All three models also have Windows Hello cameras, which let users log in to Windows 10 using face detection technology.